The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how and where people work across the globe. 5G will add to the effectiveness of the workforce by expanding how companies promote telecommuting and how we provision remote workers to slow the advance of pandemic threats.
During Potomac Officers Club’s Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment Event, notable federal and industry leaders will discuss how to evolve and adapt quickly in crisis to ensure global accessibility and connectivity.
Featuring Michael Mestrovich, principal deputy chief information officer for the U.S. Department of State (DoS) as the keynote speaker, the event will address the integration and expansion of 5G and other emerging technologies; adaptation to a “new normal,” such as teleworking and reentry; and how leaders and businesses can use mission software factories to their advantage.
Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment will also host an expert panel, showcasing perspectives from notable federal and industry leaders, including Paul Girardi, assistant vice president of Cybersecurity with AT&T Public Sector; Susie Adams, chief technology officer with Microsoft Corporation.
The panel will also include David Egts, chief technologist with Red Hat; Mike Hanley, chief information security officer with Cisco Systems; and Zecharia Kahn, acting IT Operations director with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Tom Afferton, vice president of the Defense and Intelligence Business Unit with Northrop Grumman Defense Systems, will serve as the moderator for the expert panel.
Keynote Speaker: Michael Mestrovich, Department of State
Mestrovich is responsible for managing all IT operations under the purview of the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM), including information assurance, business management and planning, operations and foreign operations.
In addition, Mestrovich directly supervises the Office of External Affairs (EA), the Strategic Communications Management (SCM) unit as well as the Cloud Program Management Office (CPMO). The DoS is responsible for maintaining such a far-reaching network around the world.
As a result, the agency has made significant efforts to drive modernization and security across its networks. Recently, Mestrovich discussed how the DoS has shifted from telework to remote capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as overarching modernization efforts to remain competitive and secure in the evolving global environment.
Moderator: Tom Afferton, Northrop Grumman
Afferton previously served as vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Civil Solutions. The Civil Solutions BU is a premier provider of secure solutions to modernize, sustain and secure critical information systems for civil missions including treasury, foreign affairs, law enforcement, civil aviation and postal.
Afferton was also vice president of Operations of the former Information Systems sector’s Civil division in which he was responsible for program performance, technology investments and engineering processes.
Previous to that, Afferton was director, Public Safety Solutions where he was responsible for managing a line of business related to the delivery of command and control and mission critical communications solutions to state and local, federal, and international customers.
Afferton joined Northrop Grumman in 2004 and has served in a variety of leadership roles responsible for lines of business, program management, technology and strategy.
Register for Potomac Officers Club’s Secure IT Modernization in Today’s Environment Virtual event to learn more about how to evolve and adapt quickly in crisis to ensure global accessibility and connectivity.